Inclement Weather Policy

Inclement Weather Policy

Winter in the mountains often brings bad weather which causes schedule changes for UVa-Wise.  When bad weather strikes, the College may operate on a snow schedule or may cancel classes. On those days when classes are cancelled, the College will be officially closed and only essential personnel will report for work.
Information about schedule changes will be available from a variety of sources, listed below for your convenience.

MEMORANDUM
October 17, 2014

TO:         All Students, Faculty and Staff
FROM:  Sandy Huguenin, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
RE:         Weather Related Announcements on Radio and Television

Winter in the mountains often brings bad weather which causes schedule changes for UVa-Wise.  When bad weather strikes, the College may operate on a snow schedule or may cancel classes.  On those days when classes are cancelled, the College will be officially closed and only essential personnel will report for work.  Information about schedule changes will be available from a variety of sources, listed below for your convenience.

Snow Hotline. By calling 376-4SNO (4766), you can hear updated schedule changes 24 hours a day.

UVa-Wise website. An announcement will be posted on the home page by 6:30 a.m.

Radio.  The following radio stations will announce schedule changes.

WAXM93.5 FMNorton
WDIC 92.1 FM Clinchco
WIFX94.3 FMWhitesburg, KY
WNVA106.3 FM Norton/Wise
WQUT101.5 FM Johnson City, TN
WSWV105.5 FMPennington Gap
WTFM 98.5 FMKingsport, TN
WXBQ96.9 FM Bristol

Television. The following television stations will announce schedule changes.

UVa-Wise Channel 55 / ComcastWise, VA
WCYBChannel 5Bristol, VA/TN
WJHL/WKPTChannel 11Johnson City, TN
WYMT-TV Hazard, KY
WVVA-TVBluefield, WV

Sometimes weather patterns change very quickly and force us to alter our schedule with little advance notice. In the event of extremely fast-breaking weather, we will send an email to all students and employees, put an announcement on the 376-4SNO number, and we will inform the broadcast stations beginning with these four:

UVa-Wise Channel 55Wise
WAXM93.5 FMNorton
WIFX94.3 FMWhitesburg
WCYBChannel 5 Bristol

We have chosen these stations because they are the most powerful ones in our immediate service area. All commuters should be able to receive one of these stations. Have a safe winter!

NOTE: STUDENTS, FACULTY AND STAFF WHO HAVE SIGNED UP FOR ALERT SYSTEM WILL RECEIVE A TEXT REGARDING SCHEDULE CHANGES.

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INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY

Winter weather in the mountains can often necessitate schedule changes.  When severe conditions exist, the decision to alter the class schedule will be made by appropriate administrative offices. An announcement will be made on the College’s telephone snow hot line 376-4SNO and www.uvawise.edu, as well as area radio and television stations at the earliest possible time.

Given the variability of the weather in the Southwest Virginia mountains, there will be occasions when classes will not be canceled even though conditions on some surrounding areas may make travel hazardous. When weather conditions in the immediate area permit classes to be held, the College will be open on a snow schedule. This decision will be made at the earliest possible time and will be announced on the telephone hot line 376-4SNO and regional television and radio stations. The approved snow schedule for classes is as follows:

M-W-F Classes

     Block

          Regular Schedule

          Snow Schedule          

I
II
III
IV
V
Conv
VI
VII
VIII
IX
X
XI

8:00 – 8:50
9:00 – 9:50
10:00 – 10:50
11:00 – 11:50
12:00 – 12:50
1:00 – 1:50
2:00 – 2:50
3:00 – 3:50
4:00 – 4:50
5:00 – 5:50
6:00 – 7:15 (M, W)
7:30 – 8:45 (M, W)

9:30 – 10:20
10:30 – 11:20
11:30 – 12:20
12:30 – 1:20
1:30 – 2:20
Canceled
2:30 – 3:20
3:30 – 4:20
4:30 – 5:20
Canceled
6:00 – 7:00
7:00 – 8:00

T-TH Classes

Block

Regular Schedule

Snow Schedule

XII
XIII
XIV
XV
XVI
XVII
XVIII
XIX
XX

8:00 – 9:15
9:30 – 10:45
11:00 – 12:15
12:30 – 1:45
2:00 – 3:15
3:20 – 4:35
4:40 – 5:55
6:00 – 7:15
7:30 – 8:45

9:30 – 10:30
10:45 – 11:45
12:00 – 1:00
1:15 – 2:15
2:30 – 3:30
3:45 – 4:45
5:00 – 6:00
6:00 – 7:00
7:00 – 8:00

Definition of Evening Classes – When decisions are made to cancel evening classes because of inclement weather, or other conditions,the classes covered will be those that begin at 5 p.m. or later.

Please note that if classes are on a snow schedule on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday, then the Convocation period is canceled.

Please note that Tuesday and Thursday classes on a snow schedule are only 60 minutes in length.

Student safety is of the utmost importance. When the college is operating on a delayed schedule or during any other severe weather conditions such as flooding, commuter students who live outside the Town of Wise corporation limits should use their best judgment about whether it is safe to drive from their homes. These students should not be penalized for missing classes, and they should be extended the same opportunity to make up work as they would be in the case of a delayed schedule due to snow.  Commuter students also should use their best judgment on whether to leave the College early on days when inclement weather strikes during the school day.

Commuter students who live outside the Town of Wise corporation limits who are unable to attend class because of inclement weather are allowed to make up missed academic work. Contact with the professor should occur immediately upon return to class. Residence Hall students, including those living in the Townhouse Apartments and students living within the Town of Wise corporation limits are expected to attend classes when the College is operating on a snow schedule and will not be granted excused absences.

FINAL EXAM CANCELLATION

In the event that the College must close due to inclement weather during final exams, the following schedule adjustment(s) will be made:

If the College is closed one day during exam week of Monday, Dec. 8 through Friday, Dec. 12, we will reschedule that exam day for the same time and place on Saturday, Dec. 13.

If two days must be canceled between Monday, Dec. 8 through Friday, Dec. 12, the first canceled day will be rescheduled for the same time and place on Saturday, Dec. 13. The second canceled day will be rescheduled on Monday, Dec. 15.

HIGHER EDUCATION CENTER AT ABINGDON

Classes held in public schools will not be held if the public school system is closed. Except in the case of extreme weather conditions, classes at the Higher Education Center in Abingdon will be cancelled only by the individual instructors. Closing of the Wise campus does not automatically result in cancellation of Abingdon classes, but does cancel those originating from the Wise campus on interactive television. Notices about Abingdon classes are available on the Higher Education Center’s Information Line at 276.619.4308 and from the HEC website (www.swcenter.edu).

 

Issued by the Provost’s Office                Oct. 13, 2014